Les Baudoin’s Meet Lotz/Purves
2 Duos in New European Folklore (French/Scottish/Dutch/German)
The Baudoins come directly from the music of the Gascogne but mix this with their background in dark Ambient, Punk and Industrial music. Lotz/Purves are architects of sound. Their music is emotional and spiritual.
The instrumentation gives a lot of variation, imagine bass-flutes meeting the gorgeous drones of the Hurdy-Gurdy, often with prepared instruments. Violin and voice mingle with sound-objects like chimes, brim-bram, bells, toys, whistles, frame-drum, etc.
In the “genealogical pine” Baudoins, there is Romain and Matèu.
Two specialists in the instrument and vocal techniques from South West of France. They perform unique and energetic roots music from the Gascony. Sharing 30 years of experience in complicity and orality, allows their music to evolve in one singular sound.
Knowledge of their tradition allows them to play with cultural codes and to transcend them. Each expected proposition is reflected by improvisation. Romain and Matèu have fun with their heritage and they share it.
Percussion and sound objects meet the family of of flutes and electronics. Music which is sensual and moving: ‚an emotional roller coaster full of imagination’. The press about their fresh CD release ‘Food Foragers‘:
“55 minutes takes us to an alternative reality, created by music we have never known before.“
(Longplay Magazine, Poland)
“Hypnotic as sirens. Haunting music.“
“There’s never a dull moment. Intriguing!“
(The Whole Note, Canada)
Romain Baudoin is winner of the international contest of the Hurdy Gurdy, in Saint Chartier, 2001.
He plays Hurdy Gurdy in contemporary and electroacoustic forms as well as the primitive and acoustic forms of this ancestral instrument. Through improvisation Romain rediscovers music to transcend it.
Highly acclaimed for his artistic commitment and research, he is a references for Hurdy Gurdy today.
Matèu Baudoin is deeply immersed in marginal cultural circles, especially those of minorised languages and cultures of the south of France.
His music comes from Gascony, from the Gascon tribal repertoire. Makes part of the rock band ‚Artús‘, is a member of two collectives of artists, Hart Brut and la Nòvia.
Matètu free wheels between experimental, improvisation, rock and traditional music.
Scottish drummer/percussionist Alan Purves was dreaming of playing drums but no money to afford them, Alan build his own instruments since his early childhood. Within the years now proudly carrying one of the titles: ‘Professor Of Squeakology.
His setting contains next to various drums, tin whistles up in his nose, feet and mouth, rubber toys, as well as self made instruments like the Brim Bram.
Alan played and recorded with such as: Ernst Reijseger, Palinckx Brothers, Sean Begin, Joe Williamson, Wolter Wierbos, Tobias Delius, John Zorn, Valentin Castrier, Sardinean choir and makes music for Werner Herzog.
Soloist, composer, producer in jazz and contemporary music often crossing borders with other cultures. Collaborations spans an arc with film, theater, performance art, visual arts and dance.
Worked with many unknown and many famous but equally gifted unique voices in music all around the globe. Subject of international publications, prize-winner, nominated for the Edison and Beyond Magazine prize.
Professor for flute at the Utrecht and Rotterdam Conservatories.